Features
2 weeks ago.
We chat with A Stage Reborn, Final Fantasy XIV's player-run theater troupe
A Stage Reborn is a community-run theater troupe of Final Fantasy XIV players that’s taken to performing in-game events, including their most recent performance of “I Want to Be Your Canary”, a play that originally appeared in 2000’s Final Fantasy IX.   It’s been a big hit with the game’s community, and has garnered a following that’s offered to volunteer in the production and has invested in their future projects as well.   Steve Pederzani (in-game name Wanderer Sabaku of Diabolos), is founder and…
2 weeks ago.
It won't take you three days to kill FFXV's Adamantoise; we do it considerably quicker
Calm yourself Conan, it won't take you three actual days to kill the Adamantoise. Heck, it won't even take three in-game days. With a little prep, it's easy to whittle down battle time before your pizza delivery driver arrives. Make no mistake, this Final Fantasy XV boss isn't exactly a pushover. The Adamantoise has well over five million hit points (that's a lot), but its attacks are rather predictable and survivable if you're decently geared. In the video below, I highlight…
1 month ago.
Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade - Our Top Character Picks: Part One
For those unaware, Square Enix has recently been rolling out a slew of updates for Dissidia Final Fantasy, a new re-imagining of the Dissidia series currently exclusive to arcades in Japan but slated for console release at some point in the future (and we can't wait!). While the title promises a full roster comparable to the original Dissidia titles, a slate of new characters have already been announced - including Final Fantasy XIV's Y'shtola, Type-0's Ace, and Tactics' Ramza. However, more…
1 month ago.
Final Fantasy XV Guide: How to locate all the soundtrack CDs for the car radio
Final Fantasy XV's car is special. Not only does it take you around the vast world of Eos but it functions as a place to kick back and chat or listen to music. Square Enix has fitted your radio with a number of classic Final Fantasy soundtracks - many of which need to be purchased at various vendors throughout the game. Now don't worry, the car does come loaded with several CDs right out the gate. You'll start the game with…
1 month ago.
Take one last roadtrip through Final Fantasy XV's trilogy of demos
Final Fantasy XV's long-awaited release is mere days away (that's if you haven't managed to snag a copy already) so we thought we'd kick back and reminisce about the demos we've had up until launch. Believe it or not, there are three demos for the game that have spanned well over a year, starting with 2015's Episode Duscae. If you purchased a "Day One Edition" of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD for either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you got Episode Duscae…
2 months ago.
World of Final Fantasy: A Beginner's Guide
World of Final Fantasy is now available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in North America, and I thought I'd share some basic entry-level tips for your journey through Grymoire. The game has a truckton of Mirages to collect and train, as well as a variety of bosses and battle challenges to face. Check 'em out below: Catch 'em all, level some There are many Mirages to collect in World of Final Fantasy, and all of them come with their own unique…
4 months ago.
Distant Worlds is an audiovisual celebration of the Final Fantasy universe
I’ll go ahead and admit it up front. Despite my daily log-ins into Final Fantasy XIV's Eorzea, I consider myself a lapsed Final Fantasy fan. Almost a decade of Final Fantasy XIII, with its incoherent, disastrous plot and an endless barrage of side titles (I'm looking at you, Type-0) has clouded my positive memories of why Final Fantasy has had such a big impact on my life. Even today I look at the upcoming Final Fantasy XV with a bit…
4 months ago.
We check out the Dragon Quest Heroes II Japanese demo
Square Enix recently put up a demo for Dragon Quest Heroes II on the Japanese PlayStation store, so we thought we'd go for a ride. Dragon Quest Heroes II features two new playable protagonists and a slew of new and returning Dragon Quest series characters. Developed by Koei Tecmo, the spinoff series fuses elements of Dynasty Warrior's hack-and-slash gameplay with Dragon Quest's RPG mechanics. New features in this version include the ability to change vocations (such as Mage, Monk, and so…
4 months ago.
We spend an hour dispensing justice with the Justice Monsters Five
Justice Monsters Five is a new freemium title now available for iOS and Android smartphones, and we thought we'd take a spin with it. You'll likely remember the title's announcement at Uncovered Final Fantasy XV event earlier this year, but to quickly recap, it's a game that you'll be able to play on your smartphone or in Final Fantasy XV as a mini-game. What I can best describe as a "Pinball meets Arkanoid meets RPG", Justice Monsters Five will let you…
4 months ago.
Watch us mess up Final Fantasy XIV's "The Rising" play
Believe it or not, it's been three whole years since Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn began official service. Each year, around this time, a special seasonal event called "The Rising" takes place in the game that celebrates the sacrifices made in the Calamity. The Crystal Caravan, a troupe of traveling playwrights, will tell the tale of the Battle of Carteneau -- where the Eorzean Alliance and Garlean Empire fought below the descending Dalamud. Through pure accident, the Warrior of…
4 months ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 15) Aug 22 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fifteenth episode, we talk about the recently-released Final Fantasy XV gameplay footage, more Kingsglaive, and new developments for Final Fantasy XIV. Watch via YouTube or listen via Soundcloud below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm43P8vGIOM …
5 months ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 14) Aug 14 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our fourteenth episode, the entire show is devoted to recent Final Fantasy XV developments. While we recorded before director Tabata's official announcement, we lend our thoughts into why the delay happened (and why it's a good thing!) We also share our impressions of new Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV…
5 months ago.
An hour with Square Enix's Mobius Final Fantasy
Available on iOS and Android devices this week, Mobius Final Fantasy celebrates its worldwide launch over a year after its Japanese debut. Square Enix luminaries assemble such as producer Yoshinori Kitase, director Naoki Hamaguchi, writer Kazushige Nojima, artists Toshitaka Matsuda and Toshiyuki Itahana, with the soundtrack composed by Mitsuto Suzuki. In the video below we spend over an hour in the game's introductory chapter: https://www.youtube.com/v/BhT7CbPO4AU The game begins by introducing us to our playable protagonist who wakes up in a mysterious land called…
5 months ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 13) July 31 2016
Join Nova Crystallis staff editor-in-chief Erren Van Duine, senior editor Tony Garsow, Michael Damiani of Easy Allies, and returning guest Mike Dantoni for another episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It! In our thirteenth episode, we discuss our impressions of the latest Kingsglaive Final Fantasy XV trailer and its relationship to the upcoming game, I Am Setsuna's North American release and reception, Final Fantasy XIV's new Deep Dungeon content, and the Yo-Kai Watch collaboration event. Watch via YouTube or listen…
5 months ago.
I Am Setsuna's developers' room is cute as heck
I Am Setsuna released this week in North America and Europe, and we played a whole bunch of it. In the process of that we stumbled across the developers' room tucked in a far corner of the world. Here, in some strange parallel universe, the I Am Setsuna staff emerge to greet you, the player. It's something of a tradition in a few classic Square games. Check it out in our video below (which contains no major story spoilers.) I Am Setsuna…
6 months ago.
We dive into FFXIV's new Deep Dungeon: The Palace of the Dead
Debuting in Final Fantasy XIV Patch 3.35, The Palace of the Dead is a new type of dungeon content that can be attempted solo or a group of up to four players. In the video below, Nova Crystallis staff Erren Van Duine, Tony Garsow, and Looking Forward To It alum Mike Dantoni descend through the first ten floors. Fair warning -- we get a bit silly. What makes this dungeon so different is that it uses an independent leveling system and…
6 months ago.
Revisiting an old friend: Hands-on with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
After years of pestering and pleading, Square Enix finally announced a remastered release for the oft underrated Final Fantasy XII, due out for PlayStation 4 some time next year. I was filled to the brim with excitement; watching the announcement trailer and reading all the noteworthy improvements for the game had me on the edge of my seat - it was finally FFXII's time to shine. This revamped version is based off Final Fantasy XII International Zodiac Job System and includes higher resolution…
7 months ago.
E3 2016: A step forward into Final Fantasy XV
The realm of the possible and impossible seem to grey when you ride the escalator up and enter the doors of E3. Taking a quick glimpse back, all you can see are smiles as fellow gamers slowly make their way up. As I walked through the glass doors strewn with advertisements of games I love, my eyes became fixed on what laid before me. Square Enix’s booth shined bright. Music from Afrojack blared as I moved closer to the game…
7 months ago.
We spend an hour with the Heavenstrike Rivals Steam release
Square Enix and Mediatonic's Heavenstrike Rivals arrived on Steam this week, previously released on iOS and Android smartphone players. It's a free-to-play strategy RPG that features character designs by Ryoma Ito (Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Final Fantasy Tactics A2: Grimoire of the Rift) and music by long-time Square Enix arranger/sound programmer Ryo Yamazaki (Final Fantasy XIV 1.0). In the video below, we play through the game's first hour starting from the title screen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=honboZVrt6k The game starts off with you creating your profile,…
8 months ago.
Looking Forward To It (Episode 8) May 15 2016
In the latest episode of our podcast Looking Forward To It, Erren Van Duine and Tony Garsow of Nova Crystallis and Michael Damiani of Easy Allies talk about what games we've been playing lately, chatting up that E3 hype, Sakaguchi and Tabata's recent interview, FINAL FANTASY LIST WARZZZ and more! HEY YOU: We're also taking your topic suggestions for future shows! Let's hear it in the comments below or you can tweet/follow us at @NovaCrystallis! https://youtu.be/ItYK8ck9488…